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5ive, A1, Damage and 911 are doing a massive ‘90s boy band nostalgia gig

Slam dunk da funk!

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The ‘90s were a golden era for boy bands, with the decade swimming in so many curtain-rocking groups of lads it was hard to keep up with them all.

Now some of the biggest supergroups are reuniting to bring you one massive boy band nostalgia tour.

The Boys Are Back tour will see 5ive, A1, Damage and 911 combine to play a load of gigs across the country early this year – including a healthy number of shows in the North.

5ive are leading the comeback, playing classics like When The Lights Go Out, Keep On Movin’, Everybody Get Up and, of course, Slam Dunk Da Funk.

Joining them will be late ‘90s boy band A1, R&B group Damage and pop group 911 – making the tour an all-British affair.

The official 5ive Twitter account posted: “We’re excited to announce that we’ll be joining A1, Damage & 911 at venues all over the UK in February and March on The Boys are Back Tour! Four acts, one unforgettable night!”

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They’ll be doing gigs across the North, in Blackburn, Carlisle, Newcastle, York, Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester.

The tour is throughout February and March, and hits the 02 Apollo in Manchester on Friday March 6th – for the full list of dates, more info and tickets, head over to the ticket site here.

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Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this summer

Know anyone who loves trainers?

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Crepe City

If nothing makes you happier than a good pair of trainers, then you need to get yourself down to Crepe City.

Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this summer, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crepe City will bring with it absolutely loads of rare and exclusive shoes, with more than 150 traders ‘showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers’.

There’ll be more than just trainers there as well, with DJs and performers, street food, bar, a sneaker-cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.

Crepe City

The event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented. Don’t miss it!”

Crepe City

Crepe City is happening on Sunday August 1st 2021 from 12pm-5pm, over at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.

Tickets are live now and are only £10 each – you can grab them here.

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Manchester is getting its first football ‘fan park’ in time for Euro 2021 this summer

Football is officially coming home

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FanPark Euro 2021

Sporting events company 4TheFans is bringing its first ‘fan park’ to Manchester this summer, just in time for Euro 2021.

The events will allow football fans to safely come back together and enjoy the Euros with their pals.

Located at EventCity (with more venues to be announced), the events will strictly adhere to government guidelines for social distancing until June 21st when all restrictions are lifted.

FanPark Euro 2021

Just a day after this on June 22nd England face the Czech Republic, which will be a celebration on all fronts as we finally say goodbye to restrictions.

The fan park will be one of the UK’s biggest, with people attending any event experiencing a genuine big game atmosphere with food and drinks, three huge anti-glare screens and a world-class sound system.

Events will be hosted and include an appearance and match analysis from a football legend – the three matches shown in Manchester will feature Paul Merson, David May, and Danny Mills.

And there’s even more entertainment, including a DJ set, competitions and giveaways.

FanPark Euro 2021

All of England’s home games are being played at Wembley, and if the Three Lions can go all the way and bring football home, it will be a home final as well.

The games confirmed so far at EventCity are:

  • Sunday 13th June – Group D: England vs Croatia (2pm) Hosted by Paul Merson
  • Friday 18th June – Group D: England vs Scotland (8pm) Hosted by David May
  • Tuesday 22nd June – Group D: Czech Republic vs England (8pm) Hosted by Danny Mills
  • Sunday 11th July – Euro2020 Final (8pm)  – Hosted by Special Guests

The 4TheFans Fan Park events in London and Hastings sold out within a week, so you best move quick if you want to secure tickets.

You can grab your tickets here.

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A new underground ‘80s arcade and cocktail den is coming to Peter Street

NQ64 is opening a new site

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Peter Street is having a bit of a resurgence at the moment, with a whole wave of new and exciting venues coming to the area.

The arrival of Albert Schloss and Albert Hall ushered in this new era, marking the area as a top night time destination.

The list of new openings continues to grow, with a new Ezra & Gil and Blues Kitchen set to open there soon.

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In the meantime, Asha’s, BrewDog, Rudy’s, Impossible, Revs de Cuba, Dirty Martini, and Schofield’s Bar are already all on the street.

Now there’s another new addition to that list, with Manchester favourite NQ64 opening a new site on Peter Street.

It will be taking over the old Club LIV spot, with NQ64 set to add to their already impressive roster of old school arcade machines and consoles with this new location.

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Expect more of the same, with plenty of retro arcade classics to keep you busy while you sink some beers and cocktails and listen to top tunes all night long.

The opening date for NQ64 on Peter Street is still TBC – so keep an eye out for further info.

You can keep up to date with NQ64 on their website here, or on Instagram here.

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